Nevado de Colima in February

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Nevado de Colima in February

by mattvct » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:02 pm

I am visiting some family near Lake Chapala in Jalisco state this February and while I am down there I would love to climb the dormant Nevado de Colima (not the more active Volcan de Fuego which I understand to be off-limits).

Looking around online I am hampered by not being Spanish-speaking but from the looks of it there are a few bi-lingual guide companies out there. I am sure I could solo this but being in a foreign country where I don't speak the language I would be more comfortable with a guide.

Does anyone know any reputable guides in the area that they would recommend? Also, would I be better off bringing my climbing gear with me or renting when I get there? I know it is supposed to be a non-technical climb so I figure layers, shells, axe, crampons and boots should be easy enough to pack along but not sure whether I should bring my trekking poles, snowshoes, harness, etc...

Any recommendations or advice would be very much appreciated!

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Re: Nevado de Colima in February

by Scott » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:35 am

Also, would I be better off bringing my climbing gear with me or renting when I get there? I know it is supposed to be a non-technical climb so I figure layers, shells, axe, crampons and boots should be easy enough to pack along but not sure whether I should bring my trekking poles, snowshoes, harness, etc...


You usually don't need things like an ice axe, crampons, etc. for Colima. No one I know of ever takes snowshoes to Mexico.

As far as a guides go, I'd ask around in Guzman or La Mesa y La Frensita. Someone would likely be able to find you a ride up the mountain, if its open (the mountain is sometimes closed due to the activity of Volcán de Colima).

(PS, I haven't climbed Nevado de Colima itself, but have been to the region surrounding the peak. From experience on other mountains in the region, I can say that the chances of needing an ice axe are fairly slim at that elevation).

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Re: Nevado de Colima in February

by mattvct » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:58 pm

Scott, many thanks for the reply! I've never climbed in Mexico so not sure what to expect. I've heard that in February that the mountain can have significant snow-cover but my lack of Spanish has greatly curtailed my research :)

I'll be staying by Lake Chapala and not sure what kind of transportation I'll have available. Are there other nice peaks in the area that you would recommend that are straight-forward to get to?

Thanks!

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Re: Nevado de Colima in February

by Baarb » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:16 am

This might be slightly redundant but there's a variety of potentially useful information here: http://www.summitpost.org/nevado-de-col ... log/151282


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